Prenatal Services at South Carolina OB/GYN Associates
Keeping a medical appointment has never been more important than during pregnancy. We know that keeping up with regular prenatal care helps ensure both a healthy baby and a healthy mother. At your initial OB visit with us, we will arrange your regular visits approximately every 4 weeks throughout the first 7 months of pregnancy and then closer together thereafter.
Your First Visit
Your first OB visit will consist of about a one-hour appointment with one of our pregnancy counselors to review your health history and create a pregnancy profile. We will ask questions about your last menstrual period, draw a blood sample, discuss any concerns or questions you may have and review your nutritional and exercise needs. Depending on your age and health history, we may also suggest genetic testing be performed.
Depending on how far along you are in your pregnancy, you may see our OB doctor that day. Our doctor will perform a complete exam to include a pelvic exam, pap smear, and lab cultures to rule out any sexually related diseases. We will also check for fetal heart tone at this time.
Please arrive to this visit 15 minutes before your scheduled time to fill out any necessary paperwork. Please bring the following with you to your visit:
- Record of the date of your last menstrual period
- List of medications you are using
- Your significant other, if possible
- Insurance card
- Medical records if transferring from a different practice
What To Expect From Your Prenatal Care With Us
First trimester visits during the first 13 weeks include:
- Time to answer your questions
- A measure of your weight, blood pressure, fetal heart rate, your blood pressure and urinalysis
- Chorionic Villus sampling to test for Trisomy 18 screening (we will discuss if you'd like to have this performed)
- Nuchal testing of the skin fold behind baby's neck to test for Down Syndrome
Second trimester visits during weeks 14-28:
In addition to measuring your weight, blood pressure, fetal heart rate, your blood pressure and urinalysis and answering any questions you have along the way, additional screening will be performed.
- Testing for gestational diabetes
- Neural tube defect testing
- An ultrasound of fetal anatomy to observe organ development, amniotic fluid level and placental location
- Amniocentesis, if desired
Third trimester testing during weeks 28-40 include:
- Rh factor screening
- Group B Streptococcus screening
- Ultrasounds may be performed to continue screening placental location as well as for potential high-risk issues, such as fetal growth with intrauterine growth restriction, chronic hypertension, diabetes and women with hypertension
- If baby is not in an ideal delivery position by week 36, we may attempt to turn baby
- Detect and prevent preeclampsia
While we love children, due to the risk of German measles, please arrange for child care during your visit with us if you have other children.
As always, please phone us on our dedicated BABY LINE when questions or health concerns arise throughout your pregnancy at 803-799-BABY (2229). We look forward to working with you every step of the way!